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Investigating user experiences with spatial and temporal context-aware applications to support mobile virtual learning environments

Benachour, Phillip and Crane, Laura and Coulton, Paul (2012) Investigating user experiences with spatial and temporal context-aware applications to support mobile virtual learning environments. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 6 (1). pp. 38-51. ISSN 1746-725X

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Abstract

This paper describes the development and implementation of two mobile applications to investigate the use of time and location based systems for delivering information to mobile users. The user study consists of two RSS-based information retrieval widgets to support mobile learning within a higher education environment. The major function of both the mobile applications is to disseminate information surrounding course updates in a context of either time or space, aiming to identify if there is precedence between these two dimensions of context. Results from both quantitative and qualitative data indicate that both applications were evenly helpful for receiving information and both the applications were deemed equally unobtrusive in their personal space, although utilising location information was deemed a less comfortable form of ambient information.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual environments ; context-aware ; mobile applications
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 54993
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2012 09:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54993

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